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Seasonal Influenza Resource

Dear UMKC Students, Faculty and Staff:

The seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine is now available at Student Health and Wellness located in Room 115 at 4825 Troost. Please call or make an on-line appointment to get your flu shot. The Flu shot is available to students and to faculty/staff.

Please call UMKC Student Health with any questions (816) 235-6133.

In Health,

UMKC Student Health and Wellness

Is it a Cold or the Flu?

Signs & Symptoms Cold Flu
Fever, chills Low fever, if any Usual, can be a high fever
Headache Rare Usual
General aches & pains Mild, if any Usual, often severe
Affects the whole body
Fatigue, weakness Mild, if any Usual, often severe
Runny, stuffy nose Common Sometimes
Sneezing Usual Sometimes
Soar throat Common Sometimes
Cough Mild to moderate hacking cough Common. Can become severe

Prevention Tips

  • Stay away from sick people.
  • Wash hands often with warm water and soap.
  • Get the seasonal flu vaccine to decrease your chances of getting the flu.
  • Protect your immune system by eating a healthy and balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Get plenty of sleep - between six and eight hours per night.
  • Discontinue smoking - it weakens your lungs and increases your chances of respiratory infections.

What do I do if I think I have the flu?

  • Call UMKC Student Health & Wellness for an appointment.
  • Stay away from people (self-isolate) until you are 24 hours fever-free (without the use of fever reducing medicine) or seven days after onset, whichever is shorter.
  • Call a friend to bring you food or medicine as needed.
  • Treat fever, pain and headache with: Ibuprofen 200mg to 400mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed - up to 1200mg per day or Acetaminophen 325mg to 650mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed - up to 3000mg.
  • Drink 8 to 16 oz of water, juice, broth, etc., each hour while awake.
  • Take your temperature every few hours to monitor your fever.

Alternative Locations for Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

H1N1 Information Line
877-358-4141 24 hours a day

Walgreens Take Care Clinic
3845 Broadway St., Kansas City, MO
Phone: 816-398-7430

Kansas City Health Department
2400 Troost, Kansas City, MO
Phone: 816-513-6008

Costco Pharmacies
241 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, MO

Note: The above locations are provided as a community service and are not endorsed by UMKC Student Health and Wellness.